|1 John 1:1-3 |
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have touched, of the Word of life;1
2 For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show to you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested to us;
3 That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, so that you may also have fellowship [in the Spirit] with us; and truly our fellowship is [in the Spirit] with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.2
2 you may also have fellowship [in the Spirit] with us; and truly our fellowship [in the Spirit] is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. John is speaking of a fellowship in the Spirit with other believers and with the Father and Jesus. But you have come to mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of righteous men made perfect. Heb 12:22-23. He brought us to life in union and fellowship with Christ; and has raised us up together [with Christ], and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Eph 2:5-6. John says their fellowship is with the Father and Jesus; obviously this is a fellowship of the Spirit, experienced in the heart, where they are seen, heard, and felt with the eyes and ears of the heart. Notice also: John is writing to believers in many locations, yet he promises they will all have fellowship with him and others; this is not a physical fellowship, but rather a spiritual fellowship, in the spirit, which only mature believers can experience.
And George Fox wrote of a spiritual fellowship in the early Quaker meetings— knowing each other in the spirit and light.
Keep your meetings, and you will feel the seed to arise, though never a word be spoken among you. .. Meet together, and in the measure of God's spirit wait, that with it all your minds may be guided up to God, to receive wisdom from God. That you may all come to know how you may walk up to him in his wisdom. That it may be justified of you, and you in it preserved up to God, and be glorified. And Friends meet together, and know one another in that which is eternal, which was before the world was. For knowing one another only in the letter and flesh, differs you little from the beasts of the field; for what they know they know naturally. But all knowing one another in the light which was before the world was, this differs you from the beasts of the field, and from the world's knowledge, and brings you to know one another in the elect seed which was before the world was.